The UK Government is not on track to meet its own objectives to increase cycling and walking rates and cut down on vehicle usage and emissions, according to a new study.
09:42, Wed, Jun 7, 2023 | UPDATED: 15:40, Wed, Jun 7, 2023
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In a bid to reduce emissions and reach net zero by 2050, the Government has been pushing for active travel options like walking and cycling.
The Department for Transport wants active travel to be the natural choice for shorter journeys in England by 2040.
This would involve having less reliance on cars for short and medium journeys, with cycling, walking and public transport being promoted.
However, a new report from the National Audit Office has found that the Government is likely to miss these targets, despite investing heavily in the sector.Between 2016 and 2025, the Department for Transport estimates that £6.6billion will be available for active travel interventions. The Government wants to make cycling and walking the norm for short journeys (Image: Getty)The NAO reports that 56 percent of local authorities have low capability and ambition to deliver such active travel projects.Gareth Davies, head of the NAO, said: “Active travel schemes have the potential to deliver significant health and environmental benefits.“However, DfT knows little about what has been achieved through its past spending and is […]